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Contractors State License Board Ready to Begin Phase II of New Fingerprint Program

State Legislature Considering Bill to Delay Changes to Home Improvement Contract Law

On April 1, 2005, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) begins Phase II of its new fingerprinting program. Beginning on that date, current licensees who apply for additional classifications, as well as each officer, partner, owner, responsible managing employee and home improvement salespersons will need to provide fingerprints whenever an application is submitted for a license, registration, or to change an officer on an existing corporate license. In Phase I of the program, which started January 1, 2005, fingerprints are required for all personnel listed on an application if the qualifier is required to take an exam.

Since the fingerprint program is still new, many have questions on how it works. Below is a list of most commonly asked questions. For more information on the new requirements, please visit the CSLB Web site: or call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).

Who is not affected?

The new program does not affect two groups of licensees. First, those already on a current or renewable California contractors license who do not apply for any changes to their license. And, second, current licensees who apply for a joint venture license.

How can applicants get a fingerprint packet?

Once the CSLB receives an applicant's application, they will be sent a fingerprint packet that includes complete instructions.

Where can applicants get fingerprints taken?

Fingerprint services are available at most local police departments, sheriff's offices or any public applicant Live Scan station. For the Live Scan locations and hours of operation throughout the state, click here. Please note that fees for the service vary.

Why should applicants use Live Scan?

The CSLB strongly encourages all applicants who are required to submit fingerprints, to use the Live Scan system. At this time the fingerprint requirement has not delayed the application process for individuals who submit their prints electronically and do not have a criminal history. Using the old "fingerprint card" system could delay an application by three to six months or more.

How are the fingerprints used?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) uses the fingerprint information to conduct a criminal background check on the applicant. Having a criminal history does not automatically disqualify any applicant from getting a contractor's license.


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